Until a few weeks – maybe even days – ago, the coronavirus outbreak almost didn’t seem real. The Western world was still going about business as usual despite some countries being heavily impacted by the virus. With the death toll rising and most of us now in confinement, that state of affairs is far in the rear-view mirror.
Earlier in the week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles saw its first employee be claimed by the deadly virus and UAW (United Auto Workers) has now confirmed that two more FCA employees have died.
The two cases come from separate factories as one employee was stationed in Sterling Heights, Michigan where the Ram pickup is made. The second recent fatal case was employed at the Kokomo, Indiana plant that produces transmissions.
There is therefore a strong chance that both factories could see further of their employees at least test positive for COVID-19 despite all North American FCA establishments being closed for a week now.
UAW President, Rory Gamble said in a statement, “This is a terrible tragedy for our entire UAW family.”
American production plants have, as of March 26, been told to keep their doors shut until March 30. However, UAW has said that neither Ford, nor FCA have any plans of reopening their production plants on March 30 in an effort to protect as many employees as possible.
Finally, like many car manufacturers, GM told UAW that it is looking into producing medical ventilators to reduce strain on hospitals.